Strabo's Cultural Geography: The Making of a Kolossourgia by Dr Daniela Dueck, Hugh Lindsay, Sarah Pothecary

By Dr Daniela Dueck, Hugh Lindsay, Sarah Pothecary

Strabo of Amasia, a Greek geographer of the Augusto-Tiberian interval, accrued his observations of the Roman global of his time in his magnum opus, the Geography, which he defined as a 'Kolossourgia', a massive statue of a piece. This time period displays not just the work's dimension in seventeen books, but additionally its multi-faceted nature. a global workforce of Strabo students explores its info, and the cultural, political, historic and geographical questions addressed within the Geography. They current assorted techniques to the examine of Strabo, from conventional literary and old views to more recent fabric and feminist readings.

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There are, anyway, problems with reconciling the collapse of the kolossos from the knees upwards with accounts of its subsequent fate, discussed by Maryon ibid. 54 Of the two kolossoi of Zeus in the temple of Olympia, for example, the one dedicated by Cypselus is already over six hundred years old in Strabo’s time,55 and the one made by Phidias nearly five hundred years old. Despite the temporal antiquity of these statues, they possess a cultural contemporaneity, as is particularly apparent in the case of the kolossos of Rhodes.

34 35 36 37 38 P. Oxy. vol. XVIII, pp. 183-4, line 16; Pfeiffer (1941) 3, lines 37-8. Pfeiffer (1941) 4. 33 metres per foot. Pfeiffer’s metric figure is followed by Baladie´ (1978) 106 n. 1. P. Oxy. vol. XVIII, p. 184. 25) informs us that the poem deals with lg4 jo|, tÓ wo|, pka! so| (‘length, height, breadth’) of the statue’s components, which surely suggests that the word tÓ wo| would be expected in the poem, were the statue’s height being specified. For the summary, see Pfeiffer (1941) 2. For Pfeiffer’s calculation to be valid, at least in terms of coming up with a figure in ancient feet or cubits for the height of the statue, we need to know the figure for the height of the throne.

See also Todd (1989) 1365-71 for reflection of this in Stoic writers. Boethus studied under Andronicus of Rhodes and was probably his successor as head of the Peripatetic school; on his commentary see Huby (1981) and Gottschalk (1987) 1107-10. The commentary by the Stoic Athenodorus of Tarsus was one of the first to circulate and was sharply critical: Gottschalk (1987) 1103-4. Gottschalk (1987) 1081 lists them. 4. g. by Aly (1964) 9-19, who emphasised Peripatetic elements. Cf. Dueck (2000a) 62-4.

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